Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time
Reference number: RPCH2018/01
Abstract

PHD Studentship in Biostatistics available from October 2018


We are looking to recruit a PhD student with a strong statistical background to develop methodology in biostatistics within a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment within the Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences at Keele University. 


Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time 


End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the last stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the form of peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis or renal transplantation, to stay alive. This PhD project will apply, and extend as required, multistate modelling and graphical Markov modelling to analyse longitudinal data collected from the UK Renal Registry. Multistate modelling will be used to describe how ESRD and its management in RRT patients evolve through different stages over the patient’s lifetime, including transitions between different treatment modalities, the occurrence of other health events, hospitalisation, recovery of kidney function, or death. Further, graphical Markov models will be developed to describe in a causal graph how patient factors and treatment modalities are interrelated and how they impact survival time. The statistical modelling will be guided by strong clinical knowledge and experience from experts in the field of nephrology based at the Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences (iACS) at Keele University, so that clinical insight from the analyses can be demonstrated and communicated meaningfully. 


Environment and training: iACS is co-located with the iPCHS which is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele (http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/), 91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent (Ref 2014).  The student will benefit from an excellent programme of research training within a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment including a strong biostatistics group.  There are regular seminars, journal clubs, short courses and workshops in biostatistics, research methodology, epidemiology, prognosis and clinical trials. The student will also be encouraged to attend conferences elsewhere and national PhD training programs (e.g. Academy for PhD Training in Statistics) as required.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the project statistical supervisor Dr Ivonne Solis-Trapala (i.solis-trapala@keele.ac.uk) or the clinical supervisor Dr Mark Lambie (lambiem@doctors.net.uk or m.lambie@keele.ac.uk).


Eligibility:  Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) in Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline, and a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics or related discipline is desirable. 

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Duration 3 years (full-time) 6 years (part-time)
Fees Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2018/19 home/EU rates currently: £4,195). Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,253 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.
Stipend A research studentship stipend of currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18/
Closing date Wednesday 16th March 2018

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Research Topic A choice of Astrophysics projects is available (see advert attached) of which at least 3 projects will be funded.
Reference number: FNS GS 2017/20
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2018/9.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2017/8 £14,553 per annum)
Closing date 28th February 2018

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Research Topic The geometry and distribution of thrust-fold-related fractures in limestones: implications for the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the
Potwar fold belt, northern Pakistan
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-23
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees This project is a fully funded position for three years.
Funding is provided by OPL and Keele University, and supports RCUK-level stipend, a fees bursary and annual travel and subsistence allowance. Fieldwork is supported by OPL.
2017/18 stipend is £14553 per annum.

An Overseas student would need to self fund the difference between UK/EU fee level and overseas fee level.




Stipend Stipend for 3 years at RCUK-level rates. (Stipend for 2017/8 is £14553 per annum).
Closing date 30th April 2018

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Research Topic Principled agent-based simulation
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-22
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Closing date 31st May 2018

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Research Topic Design, Chemical Synthesis and Evaluation of Mimetic Nucleoside Analogues
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-24
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years.
Stipend Stipend support at Research Council rates for three years commencing academic year 2018/19. Current RCUK stipend: £14,553 per annum.
Closing date 31st March 2018

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Research Topic Analysis and modeling of neuromodulator triggered setting of functional networks in biological neural systems
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-08
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available.
Opportunity for self funded students only.
Closing date 31st December 2017

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Research Topic Data-driven design of biological systems – Computational synthetic biology
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-18
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Duration 3 years.
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Closing date Applications accepted all year round.

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Research Topic Responsive Virtual Reconstruction Environment with Integrated Tools
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-09
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available.
Opportunity for self-funded applications only.
Closing date 31st December 2017

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Research Topic New methods for computing exact coherent structures responsible for cascades of energy in fluid turbulence
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-21
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2018/2019.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates. (2017/8 stipend rate £14,553 per annum). Some support for conference attendance will be available.
Closing date 13th April 2018 in the first instance

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